Garage Door Screen Installation

Garage door screens keep out bugs, dust and leaves; but let in fresh air and light.

Installing them is easy if you follow these simple steps. You will need the following materials and tools.

  • Tape measure
  • Marker pen
  • Adhesive tape
  • Hooks
  • The screen itself
  • A willing friend to help you (optional)

Step 1 – Preparation

The adhesive tape which holds up garage door screens will only stick to a surface that is clean and dry, so before you do anything else, ensure that the top of the garage doorframe is free from debris and is clean.

Step 2 - Marking Out

It is handy to have a friend to help you with this part. Clamp open the garage door, and use a marker pen to mark where you want to stick the top of the screen. Make sure that the screen will not prevent or be damaged by the door opening. Most garage door screens are made to fit about an inch above the top of the door frame, although some may allow a little more room.

Step 3 - Apply the Adhesive Tape

In accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, unfurl enough tape to cover the line you drew on the garage door frame. You may need two lines of tape for a heavy screen. It is easier if there are two of you for this task. Some manufacturers recommend that you leave the tape for a number of hours so that the adhesive’s strength increases with contact to the fresh air. This is worth doing, so be patient.

Step 4 – Fix the Screen to the Tape

Fix the top of the screen to the tape and unroll it so it falls naturally into place. There is usually a baton at the bottom of garage door screens which ensures the screen will hang down at all times and not blow around in the wind. Make sure that this baton is straight and not twisted.

Step 5 – Attach the Hooks to the Garage Ceiling

Most garage door screens are fully retractable, so they can be rolled up and fastened onto the garage ceiling while not in use. The screen kit should have contained a number of hooks to hold the screen in place. The easiest way to decide where to put them is to roll up the screen and see where the hooks would go best on the ceiling.